Monday, November 21, 2011



Friday, July 8, 2011

Remove for flight


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fiery Palm


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Jibber Jabber


Monday, April 18, 2011

rock climber


Sunday, April 3, 2011



Monday, March 28, 2011

Axis + Allies


Monday, February 28, 2011

Union Station


Yosemite Valley

Long day yesterday. Drove to Yosemite Valley with Mike and Steve.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sun and Signs

Very old image, but Jeff Sullivan left the following comment, and I think it's worth repeating:

Regarding realistic, I ran across a great comment on Ansel Adams' intent, and I recently quoted California photographer G. Dan Mitchell on the value or relevance of simple copies of a scene:

"Adams never set out to make a true copy of a landscape."
- Lauris Morgan-Griffiths in Adams: Landscapes of the American West

"If the goal of photography was to make objectively accurate reproductions of real things... I wouldn't bother." - G. Dan Michell

With our eyes changing exposure at every point in a scene, a camera is a poor tool to record what we see, and it's even poorer at reflecting what we perceived, felt...experienced. Only the photographer's further interpretations from the dull, lifeless copy that the camera provided can come close.

Onsite your eyes certainly would have opened up the shadows on the sign text, but you still would have perceived the extremely high contrast between the sun behind and that sign. Performing that edit makes the more realistic in terms of what you perceived and experienced... subject-specific contextual details a simple camera exposure can't reflect.

A further point, but no less notable, is that the very definition of "art" requires human intervention, so for artistic merit, the billions of photos produced with the goal of exactly reflecting what the camera saw in a single exposure will rarely rise above the value of what a high resolution webcam nailed to a tree, pointed in a pleasant direction might produce. That's not to say they're not pleasant images that someone might value to hang on their wall, but surely the act of simply being there and the technician's skill of recording a passable exposure are insufficient to elevate photography to art.

The result doesn't need to be capital-A "Art" that a museum hangs or some gallery wants to sell for thousands of dollars, but to the extent that the photographer uses the tools at hand to seeks to convey experiences, emotions, or elicit a response, as an artist does, and regardless of what the unthinking, unseeing camera recorded, that's a good thing.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Bursting at the seams


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


It's late, but I can't resist toying with my new lens, a Sigma 105mm f/2.8. Shot this image using Kenko extension tubes


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Light 'em Up


Friday, January 21, 2011

Nymphicus hollandicus


Monday, January 10, 2011

Parker Lake


Sunday, January 9, 2011



Saturday, January 8, 2011



Friday, January 7, 2011



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Creosote and Sand


Monday, January 3, 2011

Pinnacle Pool

First photo outing of the new year.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Don't Move!

Racetrack Playa, Death Valley. Steve left is camera behind while he searched for other subjects on the Playa. His camera was left pointing towards a rock and I thought it looked interesting.


Saturday, January 1, 2011


Old railcar at Rhyolite Ghost Town.


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